Early last month, the boxing world went into a state of shock, as Jeff Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO Welterweight Championship in his home country of Australia in what might be one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Now, Pacquiao wants his revenge.
While some in the boxing community felt Pacquiao was going to retire following the fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has announced that Pacquiao will pursue a rematch with Horn, which Pacquiao, who serves in the Senate of thePhilippines, has a contractual right to do.
“Manny doesn’t want to retire. He wants the rematch, so we are going to do the rematch,” Arum said. “Manny told me he wants to do the rematch, but now we are looking for the window that satisfies the Senate. We need to see when they have a recess that will allow Manny the time he needs to train and have the fight.”
In the action-packed and bloody, original July 1 bout (July 2 in Australia), Pacquiao delivered a massive amount of damage to Horn, nearly knocking Horn out in the ninth round. But, Pacquiao could not put the challenger away, and the bout went to the judges’ scorecards, though many felt the then-defending champion did more than enough to win the fight.
But, Horn took the decision on all three judges’ scorecards 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. Some in the boxing world feel Horn only won the decision based on biased judging, as the bout took place in his home country.
But it didn’t take that much away from the excitement of the fight, Arum feels.
“I think the first fight was an excellent fight. It was competitive and [Horn] feels emboldened, and I think it will be a very good fight again,” Arum said. “And now Horn is known much more in the United States after that fight.”
Arum says once he has the Senate recess schedule, he will talk with Duco Events about where the fight should be held. The state of Queensland will have certain rights from hosting the first bout, but Brisbane and Sydney will also be considered.
“The problem is we can’t have it outdoors again because of the weather, Arum said. “November is the summer there, and it’s brutal to do it outdoors. We can’t do it. Even in July, which is their winter, it was pretty hot outdoors.”
Original story: ESPN